By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program
Workers dug out petroleum-contaminated soil at a cleanup site in Everett on Monday (Aug. 22) as part of a quick action to protect people and the environment from the material.
Andy Kallus of Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program took the photo. Andy is the project manager for our Port Gardner Bay cleanup sites, which are included in our Puget Sound Initiative work.
The contaminated soil was removed from the North Marina Ameron/Hulbert site, which was the previous home of the Collins Building. The Port of Everett owns the site.
Two areas of petroleum contamination were identified when the Collins Building was demolished in 2010, which exposed the contamination. That made it accessible to the public.
The Port of Everett had about 80 cubic yards of contaminated soil removed from the site. Andy said doing so will help reduce the threat of contaminants spread via surface water runoff or leaching into shallow groundwater.
Andy and other Ecology staff are working with the port on a more permanent, larger-scale cleanup of the site. That work is expected to be done in 2014.